John Limniatis

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John Limniatis (born June 24, 1967 in Athens, Greece) is a retired Greek-Canadian professional footballer. He played 44 times and scored one goal for the Canadian national soccer team and was formerly the head coach of the Montreal Impact.

Club career

After beginning his pro career in 1987 with the Ottawa Pioneers of the Canadian Soccer League, Limniatis played professionally in Greece with First Division side Aris Thessaloniki (1987 - 1988) and Panaitolikos in the Second Division from 1988 to 1992. He then joined the Montreal Impact in 1993 and remained with the club until 1998, then played again for them in 2000 and 2001 playing 151 games and 13,976 minutes. Liminatis played both outdoors in the A-League and indoors in the National Professional Soccer League both with the Impact and the Kansas City Attack in 1995-96. He later played on loan from Montreal for the Charleston Battery in 1999.

Limniatis was named 1994 A-League Rookie of the Year and 1996 and '97 Defender of the Year.

International career

A defender or midfielder, Limniatis made his debut for Canada in a September 1987 friendly match against El Salvador. He earned a total of 44 caps, scoring 1 goal. He has represented Canada in 8 FIFA World Cup qualification matches [1] in three unsuccessful World Cup qualifying campaigns.

His final international game was a March 1997 World Cup qualification match against the United States.

International goals

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 3 July 1991 Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, USA JAM 3-1 3-2 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Managerial career

He spent his last years with the Impact as their assistant coach, indoor head coach, and later director of operations. He was coach for the Montreal Impact until Marc Dos Santos was named as interim head coach following Limniatis' termination by the Impact board.[2]

Personal life

Limniatis's hometown is Laval, Quebec. Limniatis and his wife, Mary, have two daughters, Alexia and Nikki. His cousin Giorgos Limniatis was a pro basketball player in Greece for various clubs including Olympiakos and PAOK.

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